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  1. Quote Originally Posted by Dustin07 View Post

    Also got a new inzer belt last night. It's not a lever, it's a single buckle.

    I have one issue with my new belt though. my ideal setting for it is probably between two holes right now. I'm not sure what do do about that. I can't get the belt quite as tight as I want it. the tightest I can get it is a hair looser than I want. I'll keep practicing with it, but open to ideas if you have any!

    somewhat confused by your wording...you can't get it as tight as you want, yet your ideal setting is in between holes? This reads as if you should at least be able to get it to a point where it is too tight.


  2. squats
    bar x 10
    95 x 10
    135 x 7
    185 x 5
    205 x 3
    225 x 1
    245 x 1
    265 x 1 (only small twinge of pain)
    280 x 1 (about a half rep... some pain)
    280 x 3 (first rep hurt, next two were fine, all three were good quality legal reps)
    290 x 1/2 (couldn't hit depth, back was done for the day)
    225 x 6
    135 x 10

    front squats
    135 x 10

    notes
    so this adds another consecutive week of adding 5lbs to my training weight. really happy with my squat progress. used my new inzer buckle style belt last night for the first time, I love it.

    Current sups are just a preworkout (noxplode. haven't taken it in years so thought I'd try it again), arganine, and creatine (5-12g / day). other than that not much.

    Quote Originally Posted by dapack View Post
    they make really solid belts and my other other, lever kind, i had to start drill holes into it since i lost so much weight. that could be an option, though i don't know how well there regular belts are built.
    I was able to break this one in and it gave me the extra 1/2" or so reach I needed to reach the next hold. I've leaned up a lot again, sitting at 178 so I'm not sure that i'll ever need the belt to be any tighter than this. But i was thinking i may need to drill a hold inbetween holes before I got the belt to stretch some.

    Quote Originally Posted by Yomo View Post
    somewhat confused by your wording...you can't get it as tight as you want, yet your ideal setting is in between holes? This reads as if you should at least be able to get it to a point where it is too tight.
    I wasn't able to get it notched down to hole 6, but hole 5 was not quite tight enough.... does that make sense?
    I put a lot of effort into breaking the belt in yesterday though, rolling it and breaking down the leather some and I was able to reach that hole 6 for a nice tight fit. it did me really well in my squats last night. Got the thing pretty damn tight. enough that I had a ring all the way around my torso when I got into the shower lol. but this new belt is so comfortable. I've had leather belts that just HURT bad and left bad bruises.
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by Dustin07 View Post
    I wasn't able to get it notched down to hole 6, but hole 5 was not quite tight enough.... does that make sense?
    I put a lot of effort into breaking the belt in yesterday though, rolling it and breaking down the leather some and I was able to reach that hole 6 for a nice tight fit. it did me really well in my squats last night. Got the thing pretty damn tight. enough that I had a ring all the way around my torso when I got into the shower lol. but this new belt is so comfortable. I've had leather belts that just HURT bad and left bad bruises.
    gotcha, so punching a smaller hole wouldn't resolve the issue.....I've never seen/heard anyone advise punching one in between existing holes...I'd imagine the integrity of the belt would become somewhat compromised at that point over time...

    ..I've had my Inzer Lever going on 2 years and still bruise...I can honestly say I've become oblivious to the pain, as cheesy as that may sound.

  4. Quote Originally Posted by Yomo View Post
    gotcha, so punching a smaller hole wouldn't resolve the issue.....I've never seen/heard anyone advise punching one in between existing holes...I'd imagine the integrity of the belt would become somewhat compromised at that point over time...

    ..I've had my Inzer Lever going on 2 years and still bruise...I can honestly say I've become oblivious to the pain, as cheesy as that may sound.
    yeah I didn't want to pop a hole inbetween holes for that exact reason, I was afraid it wouldn't hold up possibly. but just breaking the belt in a little more got it where I needed it.

    so years ago I used a double buckle leather belt that just hurt like a mofo. it felt like the buckle was poking through my gut. But this new inzer is great. I'm not noticing the pain at all even though it left a huge mark lol. it's a good belt.

  5. deads
    95 x 10
    135 x 10
    185 x 5
    225 x 5
    245 x 5
    265 x 5
    285 x 3
    225 x 10

    db curls
    4 sets

    hammer curls
    4 sets + drop sets

    ez bar curls
    3 drop sets

    notes
    I'm not sure if my back was just wrecked from squats this week, or if the new belt is too wide for me to deadlift well, or if I just suck at deadlifting or if its' a combination of all three but I just could not get into a correct pulling position without pain today and I really felt like even 285 was sorta dangerous to lift cause I knew my back wasn't maintaining position.

    I'm choosing not to stress over the fact that 450lbs has turned into 285lbs lol. But I am going to address my deads the same way I did squats. Next week I'll come back to them, use a thinner belt, start lower and do 3x5 and work on linear progression again.

    I kind of feel like deadlifts for me are like the olympic lifts and they need practice just as much as they do strength training. I haven't been practicing my deads at all. so may be a few weeks of better consistency there will bring them back.

    I had been laying off of them to focus on getting my squats up and preserving the back basically.
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  6. Friday 10/27/17

    row
    3k meters in:
    500m sprint intervals

    Jerk
    95 x 10
    135 x 5
    175 x 3
    195 x 3
    205 x 1
    225 x 1
    235 x 1

    push press
    135 x 3s x 10r

  7. squats
    bar x 10
    95 x 10
    135 x 7
    175 x 5 (felt like a feather)
    205 x 3
    225 x 1
    245 x 1
    265 x 1
    275 x 1 (little bit of a grind)
    285 x 1 (hurt)
    285 x 1 (hurt again but was better)
    285 x 3 (awesome set)

    wod
    row 500m while partner does hang power cleans
    then do hang power cleans while my partner rowed 350m

    we did that for 5 rounds and in the end I had 91 x 135lb hang power cleans and 2500m rowed.
    She (girlfriend) had 150 hang power cleans at 65lbs and 1750m rowed but for a 20min conditioning workout it was awesome

    notes
    that triple on squats.. something just clicked right. I think I got my butt back further, my chest a little lower (I low bar). The form really seemed to click just right because the pain was much lower, and after my second rep I seriously considered going for a 5. My glutes and hammies felt WAY more engaged and stronger. 285 for 3 felt easier than 225 for a single and I think its cause I am FINALLY getting my form dialed. or closer.

  8. Great news on squats.

  9. bench
    bar x 20
    95 x 15
    135 x 10
    175 x 7
    205 x 5
    225 x 3
    245 x 3

    notes
    just super pinched for time. need to give this another go.

    Quote Originally Posted by dapack View Post
    Great news on squats.
    thanks!

  10. cardio
    1 mile run
    8 x 250m row sprints

    wod
    20 x wallballs
    10 x burpees
    8 x 95lb hang power snatch
    6 x 25lb weighted chin ups.

    weight
    179.5 before workout
    176 post workout, lol

  11. morning cardio
    stairs - 10 minutes
    running - 20 minutes

    db curls
    3 sets

    hammer curls
    3 sets

    bb curl 21's
    2 sets

    notes
    just wanted to throw in some arms work after morning cardio session




    evening session

    shoulder mobility
    lateral raises,
    forward raises
    db curls

    bench
    bar x 20
    95 x 10
    135 x 7
    175 x 5
    205 x 3
    225 x 1
    235 x 1
    245 x 1
    250 x 3
    185 x 12

    circuit
    4 rounds of:
    10 x 70lb db bench press
    10 x 25lb weighted dips
    10 x cable flies
    10 x ez bar bicep curls

  12. Friday 11/3/17

    squats
    bar x 10
    95 x 10
    135 x 7
    185 x 5
    205 x 3
    225 x 1
    245 x 1
    265 x 1
    275 x 1
    290 x 3 attempts, but no good reps. dumped the last try.


    notes
    basically the back just needed a rest. it was fairly painful on the 290 attempts.

  13. Sunday 11/5/17

    front squats
    bar x 10
    95 x 10
    135 x 7
    155 x 5
    175 x 1

    wod
    tabata style
    wall balls
    burpees
    kb snatch
    air squats

    notes
    so saturday night after a very hard core week of extremely clean eating, I planned a hell of a cheat night. massive pizza and beer at the bowling alley. Bowling was a blast with the kids, and I did eat more pizza that night than in the past year combined...but woke up sunday sicker than a dog and couldn't a THING sunday. I dont know if its food poisoning, or my body rejecting the greasy pizza after eating clean for so long, or what. but here it is monday and i'm going to probably take a rest day cause I'm running off zero calories basically and feeling weak. I slept for over 20hrs sunday after the gym in the morning. it was crazy.

  14. cardio
    2 miles

    bench
    bar x 20
    95 x 10
    135 x 10
    175 x 7
    205 x 5
    225 x 3
    235 x 1
    250 x 2

  15. Friday 11/10/17

    squats
    bar x 10
    95 x 10
    135 x 1
    185 x 1
    205 x 1
    225 x 1
    245 x 1
    265 x 1
    280 x 1
    290 x 1
    300 x 1
    300 x 1

    notes
    I sat in the parking lot in my car having to motivate myself to go in. Last week was a bad gym week for me, I was sick, worked long hours, and just really run down. I opted to go in anyways and see if I'd wake up while squatting. Well... I hit the biggest milestone of my life. The first time I hit 300lbs was a major moment for me. I was at a time in life where i was doing way too much volume to recover and breaking through 290-300 I could swear took me months. Then when I hit 300, I hit 320 almost immediately. Thereafter, life quickly fell apart, my back injury took hold and I never progressed past that.

    I haven't squatted 300 since Oct of 2015. So this is a 25 1/2 month PR. To Infinity.... and Beyond!

    this session I had mild back pain through warm ups. almost zero pain at 290-300. The 300lb reps were legal depth, although grinders on the way back up. still, I feel like its the best form I've ever had on squats. things seem to be moving in a positive direction. Now, if I can fix my deadlifts and regain my bench I'll really be rocking and rolling.

  16. bench
    bar x 20
    95 x 15
    135 x 3
    175 x 1
    195 x 1
    215 x 1
    235 x 1
    250 x 3
    250 x 3
    250 x 2

    db bench
    4 x 12

    super set with

    weighted dips
    +25lbs 4x12

    db incline press
    3 x 12

    super set with

    dips
    4 x 12

  17. congrats, great to see!

  18. thanks man, things are starting to really look up. I'm cautiously optimistic that my back issues are about 50% tight piriformis (which I can address when it gets knotted) and 50% neurological (overactive pain receptors) which I can mind-over-matter work through nearly all of the time.

    deads
    135 x 10
    185 x 1
    225 x 1
    265 x 1
    295 x 1
    315 x 5 + 2 RDL's on the fifth rep cause it felt so good

    then 3 rounds:
    10 x 225lb deadlift
    10 x chin ups

    then:
    db curls
    3 x 12

    back extensions
    bw x 15
    +25lbs 3 x 12

    bb curls
    3 x 12

    t rows
    3 x 12

    notes
    that was all i had time for. wanted a hard bicep and back workout but kinda blew out my time and energy on the extra deads. still, zero pain on the 315 and 225lb deads. like 99% pain free. I think I'm also slowly correcting my form due to my girlfriend noticing that while I was getting my back set nicely, chest up, I was raising my head a lot and cramming my neck without realizing it. little tweaks are making big gains.

  19. good stuff...and I hear ya man...piriformis and adductor stretches, as well as a tennis ball to the glutes has drastically reduced my lower back pain.

  20. Quote Originally Posted by Yomo View Post
    good stuff...and I hear ya man...piriformis and adductor stretches, as well as a tennis ball to the glutes has drastically reduced my lower back pain.
    yeah the ball (I use a lacrosse ball but same idea) and foam roller. What I have had to do some nights is the below stretch inbetween every single set of squats over about 225lbs. However lately, as I push through to heavier weights, I've needed it less. It's sorta weird that the more I just push through, the less pain I have to push through.

    So from a gear perspective. I'm squatting with that 4" Inzer and love it. but it's way too big for deads. So I still use my velcro belt for that. I need to get like a 2.5 or 3" belt specifically for deads I think as they start to rebound.

    I'm cautiously optimistic that I'm on the road back to a 450lb+ deadlift again. Finally.


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  21. cardio day
    HIIT rowing 250m sprints
    Run 2 miles

  22. squats
    bar x 10
    135 x 10
    175 x 1
    205 x 1
    225 x 1
    245 x 1
    265 x 1
    290 x 2
    300 x 1
    225 x 5
    135 x 10

    notes
    I maybe had 3-5 in me at 290 but the 2nd rep was a bit of a grinder so I'll hit 290 again on next session.

  23. Friday 11/17/17

    bench
    bar x 20
    95 x 10
    135 x 7
    175 x 1
    195 x 1
    215 x 1
    235 x 1
    245 x 1
    250 x 4

    db curls
    3 sets + 3 drop sets

    dips
    bw x 4s x 20r

  24. squats
    bar x 10
    95 x 10
    135 x 5
    185 x 1
    205 x 1
    225 x 1
    245 x 1
    265 x 1
    280 x 1
    290 x 2
    290 x 1

    back extensions
    bw x 20
    +25lbs x 12
    +45lbs x 12
    +45lbs x 12

    notes
    slept in a different bed this weekend and all day monday I could tell the glute/lower back was hurting. just stepping wrong hurt. So I wasn't sure how squats would go. After my squats + back extensions my back feels amazing. I think the only reason I didn't get more than 2 reps was maybe cause I was underfed.

  25. Seems like squats most have loosened you up.
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